Category: Domestic Violence

Getting accused of a domestic violence offense is no laughing matter. These kinds of charges can affect your career, relationships, lifestyle, and freedom. For this reason, domestic violence charges absolutely need to be taken seriously – even if you know that you are innocent.

The term “domestic violence” covers a wide range of offenses that can be physical, emotional, financial, or sexual in nature. Domestic violence can also include certain types of emotional abuse and harassment that can happen through different modes of communication such as written, telephone, e-mail, voicemail, or text.

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“This is happening in silence.”

That’s how Stephanie Francis, the Director of Education Training and Engagement in domestic violence at Interact in Raleigh described our country’s teen dating violence problem to reporters from ABC 11. Recent studies from Interact in Raleigh estimate that one in three adolescents is a victim of some type of violence from someone they share a romantic relationship with. Experts believe that a great many more incidents go unreported.

North Carolina law enforcement officials have turned their attention to teen dating violence crimes after a particularly devestating incident earlier [...]

Most people understand that a domestic violence charge can negatively affect your career, lifestyle, and freedom. If convicted, you may be required to undergo psychiatric treatment, rehabilitation, or a drug and alcohol program. You could even be confined to your home, and only allowed to leave for work, school, or other special purposes. And you are likely to be left with a criminal stain on your record that will make it difficult to secure employment, obtain housing, and successfully apply for loans.

While anyone convicted of domestic violence may face these severe and [...]

If you’re a teenager, you probably have a lot on your mind. You’ve got homework to turn in. Tests to pass. Friends and extra-curricular activities to make time for. There’s the college admissions process looming overhead, and your future to think about. And on top of all your responsibilities, you may be experiencing your first crushes and romantic relationships.

Whatever’s going on in your mind, it’s likely that the last thing you’ve considered is the possibility of getting hit with a dating violence charge.  But dating abuse has become a serious problem in [...]

In November 2013, Second Amendment advocates were angered by a federal district court’s decision to uphold a law that bans for life anyone convicted of domestic violence from owning a firearm. The decision stated,

“The government has demonstrated that domestic violence misdemeanants are likely to commit acts of domestic violence again and that, if they do so with a gun, the risk of death to the victim is significantly increased.”

This means that if you have been found guilty of any kind of domestic violence, even if it did not involve the use [...]